The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), under the International Maritime Organization (IMO), held its 101 session between 5 to 14 June 2019.
The committee discussed ship safety issues relating to the implementation of the 0.50% limit of the sulphur content of fuel oil (IMO 2020) and adopted a resolution providing recommended interim measures to enhance the safety of ships relating to the use of oil fuel.
The resolution highlights existing SOLAS regulations and recognizes the need to further consider oil fuel safety issues. It recommends that SOLAS Contracting Governments:
The MSC also endorsed an action plan to further consider measures relating to the flashpoint of oil fuel, with a view to finalizing such measures by MSC 104 held in 2021.
The MSC established a Correspondence Group on Oil Fuel Safety, to:
The MSC concurrently approved an MSC-MEPC circular (already approved by MEPC 74) on delivery of compliant fuel oil by suppliers.
Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 19 June, 2019
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